Reasons to Recycle
We all know that recycling is a good thing. It requires less energy, uses up fewer natural resources and keeps waste out of our local landfills. Here are some of the top materials you should be recycling right now and the impact it has:
- Newspapers. Using recycled newspaper saves 34 to 60 percent of the total energy needed for virgin newsprint, according to Waste Management. Approximately 10 million tons of newsprint is tossed into the trash every year in the U.S. and around 65,000 to 75,000 trees are needed to produce the Sunday edition of the New York Times.
- Cardboard. Waste Management says that recycling one ton of cardboard will save more than 9 cubic yards of landfill space, and recycled cardboard saves 24 percent of the total energy needed for virgin cardboard. When recycling your cardboard, make sure you flatten it to save storage space.
- Paperboard. The material used to make cereal boxes, shoe boxes and so on can be recycled in many municipal recycling programs. As with cardboard, flattening the paperboard container will save storage space.
- Aluminum Cans. Recycling aluminum prevents the need to mine for ore to create new aluminum. And, according to the Aluminum Association, aluminum is “100 percent recyclable and retains its properties indefinitely.” Also, recycling aluminum cans takes 95 percent less energy than creating new ones, which means the energy it takes to produce one can, could produce 20 recycled cans.
- Steel Cans. Steel cans are used for holding coffee, vegetables and other food products and are often referred to as tin cans. According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, almost 69 percent of all steel is recycled in North America each year, which is more than paper, aluminum, plastic and glass combined.
- Plastic #1 Bottles. This plastic is usually clear and used to make water and soda bottles. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) plastic and can be recycled through most municipal recycling programs. According to Recycle Across America, every hour Americans throw away approximately 2.5 million plastic bottles. The energy saved by recycling one ton of plastic bottles is the equivalent of the energy usage of a two-person household for one entire year.
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